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Travolta pays tribute: ‘Your Danny, your John’

Grease co-star John Travolta has been among the first to publish a tribute to Newton-John.

In a touching post on his Instagram account early this morning, the Saturday Night Fever star described the impact of Newton-John’s legacy as “incredible”.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible” he wrote.

“I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

Newton-John’s performance as Sandy Olsson alongside Travolta in the film adaptation of the Broadway smash in 1978 remained central to her fame for the rest of her life.

The film became part of the collective imagination and remains one of the most successful of all time, earning more than a third of a billion dollars at the US box office.

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Her death was first announced on her official Instagram account, via her husband, John Easterling.

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Olivia Newton-John dies at 73, husband says

Australian pop music icon Olivia Newton-John has passed away. The singer and actress, who starred in films including Grease and Xanadu, was 73.

Her death was confirmed by Newton-John’s husband John Easterling, in a post to the singer’s official social media accounts.

Newton-John passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends, Easterling said.

“We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” the statement said.

Newton-John was born in 1948 in Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, but when she was six, her family emigrated to Melbourne, and as a teenager emerged as a rising pop star.

After achieving worldwide fame, she was considered one of Australia’s greatest cultural assets.

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